Ripleys nycThe leaves are falling. There is a crisp edge to the air. Autumn has arrived in all her glory and has settled into the city that doesn’t sleep. Really, there is nothing quite like autumn in New York. This city is suited to the season of harvest like few others. Sadly, not all inhabitants of the Big Apple get to enjoy the fruits of the harvest, many New Yorkers -and their families- struggle with hunger.

That is where City Harvest comes in;

  • Each week City Harvest helps feed more than 300,000 hungry men, women and children.
  • This year City Harvest will distribute more than 30 million pounds of food.
  • Many food bank clients say their children have to skip meals because there is not enough money for food.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! New York, is once again teaming up with City Harvest and bringing back thier Gimme Five Food Drive campaign to combat hunger, not just in New York city, but in all of these cities that have Believe It or Not! Odditoriums;

Atlantic City, NJ benefiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Baltimore, MD benefiting the Maryland Food Bank
Branson, MO benefiting the Ozarks Food Harvest
Gatlinburg, TN? benefiting the Sevier County Food Ministries
Grand Prairie, TX? benefiting the North Texas Food Bank
Hollywood, CA? benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Jackson Hole, WY benefiting the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies
Key West, FL benefiting the Feeding South Florida
Panama City Beach, FL? benefiting the Bay Area Food Bank- Panhandle Branch
Myrtle Beach, SC benefiting the Low Country Food Bank
Newport, OR benefiting the Food Share of Lincoln County
Niagara Falls benefiting the Niagara Falls – Project S.H.A.R.E.
Ocean City, MD? benefiting the Diakonia, Inc. Shelter
Orlando, FL? benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
San Antonio, TX? benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank
San Francisco, CA? benefiting the San Francisco Food Bank
St. Augustine, FL benefiting the Second Harvest North Florida
Williamsburg, VA benefiting the FISH WIlliamsburg Emergency Services
Wisconsin Dells, WI? benefiting the Central WI Community Action Coalition

This year’s event will take place from Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8, 2012.

Here’s how it works: guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items to a participating location, can get a ticket to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $29.95). All the food collected will go to the area food bank supported by that location. .

Last year’s Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country. Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.

Ripley’s “Gimme Five” promotion may not be combined with any other offers. One discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.